What is wrong with longfellow??? He does not seem to see kenneth as smart as he sees himself...
Does anyone see that the problem is as much with our language as with each other???
We look at mountains and words and say they have meaning because we have learned to think of meaning as alienated from ourselves... Or we look at nature and say it is rational because we can reason about it using our laws, which are concepts, and principals.
Reason and meaning are our qualities that we share with all of existence as a necessity of life
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Nature is not rational or non-rational. People are rational or non-rational. Any world must have regularities. Otherwise it would not exist. That is why we cannot imagine a world without laws. There is nothing to imagine.
If the world has regularities, then we can count on them, and plan around them, which is rational on our part, and it is also rational to frame the regularities as laws even if not exactly accurate...We do the same thing with people, saying that they are rational if they behave as we desire whether it is from their point of view, rational or not...